Petroleum engineering master's student wins SPE Star Fellowship

Andrea Hersey, a master's student in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering atPhoto of Andrea Hersey Texas A&M University, has received the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Star Academic Fellowship for the Gulf Coast Region.

Hersey will receive $10,000 annually for up to four years or until she completes her graduate degree, whichever comes first.

Hersey chairs the Gulf Coast Section's Young Professionals Committee. As chair, she led her group to win the Best YP Section Award last year, and after recruiting eight new SPE members, she won the Gulf Coast Region's membership recruiting contest. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Section.

Hersey earned dual bachelor's degrees in biology and forensic science with a minor in chemistry from Baylor University. She is currently working to earn a Master of Engineering degree from Texas A&M via distance learning so she can continue working full-time as an account representative for Momentive Specialty Chemicals.

SPE dedicates more than $1 million to be awarded as Star Scholarships for undergraduates and Star Fellowships for grad students
in its 15 regions around the world.